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Samurai Spy (1965)

Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 10 July 1965 (Japan)
The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century.

Director:

Masahiro Shinoda

Writers:

Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Koji Nakada (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hiroshi Aoyama Hiroshi Aoyama
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Joshin temple priest
Osamu Hitomi Osamu Hitomi
Minoru Hodaka Minoru Hodaka
Hisanobu Ichikawa Hisanobu Ichikawa
Kentarô Imai Kentarô Imai
Yasunori Irikawa Yasunori Irikawa ... Yashiro Kobayashi
Shintarô Ishihara Shintarô Ishihara ... Saizo Kirigakure
Taku Kido Taku Kido
Takeshi Kusaka Takeshi Kusaka ... Narrator
Seiji Miyaguchi Seiji Miyaguchi ... Jinnai-Kazutaka Horikawa
Shin'ya Mizushima Shin'ya Mizushima
Hideto Nakagawa Hideto Nakagawa
Eiji Okada ... Tatewaki Koriyama
Shuichi Oki Shuichi Oki
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Storyline

The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi tracks the spy Nojiri, while a mysterious figure named Sakon leads a band of men on their own quest for the wily Nojiri. Soon no one knows just who is who and what side anyone is on. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 July 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Samurai Spy See more »

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Production Co:

Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #312. See more »

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Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke (1965)
22 January 2012 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

Samurai Soy was made during the cold war and reflects both the paranoia and uncertainty of the time. It's a tale of spies being caught between sides. Having the appearance of being on one side, whilst fighting for the other, causes a lot of conflict and grief for the warriors. Perhaps the audience was supposed to be as confused as the spies, but it doesn't help so much when telling a story. Unlike the majority of samurai films, we get to see some awesome stealthy ninja action and throwing star carnage. The immense leaps and jumping made for a wealth of excitement. There were also some fantastic long shots which just aren't used for action sequences these days.


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